Paul Fenton Villar

Paul Fenton Villar



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Personal profile


Paul is a PhD student in the School of International Development at University of East Anglia (UEA). His research interests include development economics, the political economy of international development, and quantitative methods for policy impact evaluation. Further details about his research can be found on his personal website available here.



Paul has 7 years experience working as a freelance research consultant on projects involving policy impact evaluations, systematic literature reviews, evidence gap maps, feasibility studies, and macro- and micro-econometric studies. He has worked on projects based in an array of countries (inc. Brazil, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Nicaragua) and with various organisations (e.g. the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Health Organization (WHO), International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and Save the Children International). His work has contributed to research addressing issues in public governance, health, education, and business regulation. He has also previously worked in the U.K.'s Civil Service. He worked in the Government Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on cost-benefit analysis and in the Behavioural Insights Unit at Ofgem (the U.K. energy market regulator) on Randomised Control Trials.



Paul has experience teaching on professional and university courses in development economics, statistics, and applied econometrics. He is currently an Associate Tutor at UEA. This role has included contributing to the following courses: 

  • Applied Methods for Impact Evaluation (Masters Course) *
  • Development Perspectives (Masters Course)
  • Econometric Methods (Masters Course) *
  • Economic Policy Analysis (Masters Course) *** 
  • Economics for Development: Macroeconomics (Undergraduate Course) 
  • Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Policy (Professional Short Course) *
  • Methods in Human Geography (Undergraduate Course) **
  • Methods of Social Research (Undergraduate Course) ** 
  • Quantitative Evidence in Development (Undergraduate Course) *
  • Research Techniques and Analysis (Masters Course) **

Tutorials feature following software: * Stata, ** SPSS, *** GAMS


Academic Background

  • PhD Development Studies, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. (Ongoing).
  • MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development (Distinction), University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. (2014-2016).
  • BSc Finance and Investment (First Class), University of Brighton (UoB), UK. (2011-2014).


Scholarships and Awards

  • ESRC SeNSS PhD Studentship for Development Studies
  • University of East Anglia’s School of International Development Postgraduate Academic Excellence Award
  • The University of East Anglia's School of International Development Masters Prize for best overall performing student
  • The Development Studies Association & International Consulting Economists Association Masters Dissertation Prize
  • The AIRMIC Graduate Award for best performing graduate student in Finance and Investment


Professional Bodies

Paul is a member of the following organistions: 

  • European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
  • European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)
  • Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE)
  • International Society for Quality-Of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)


Referee for the journals

  • Resource and Energy Economics
  • Politics and Governance
  • Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • Resources Policy
  • Extractive Industries and Society

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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